Friday, October 10, 2008

Books that Cheer

You know someone who needs to be cheered up. You are going to take them some books.

Which ones would you take?

My choices:

A Confederacy of Dunces

Nobody's Fool



At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Scott said...

You know, I have Confederacy of Dunces on the shelf next to my desk. I really need to take the time to read it.

Where the Sidewalk Ends always does wonders for me.


At 7:36 PM, Blogger Michael Wade said...


I haven't read "Where the Sidewalk Ends." My friends tell me that is a major gap in my education.

At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Wally Bock said...

I would take anything by Carl Hiaasen. I try to always have one on hand for that inevitable tough day. I find it unsafe to drink anything while reading lest a sudden, uncontrollable burst of laughter send my beverage of the moment all over the room.

At 11:19 AM, Blogger Michael Wade said...


My two favorite Hiassen books are Tourist Season and Skin Tight. Funny stuff!

At 12:32 PM, Blogger DarkoV said...

Great choices, Michael, especially Russo's "Nobody's Fool", which, unlike "Confederacy of Dunces", IMHO, holds up quite well, TYVM, after 3-4 readings. If the friend is not in the mood for reading, Nobody's Fool on DVD is a faithful translation to film. A clip is here.

Though I think Blood of the Lamb is his best book, it's a bit of a downer, whereas DeVries Reuben, Reuben is a solid pick-me-up. Absurdistan is also a solid funny book in that Slavic/Jewish sort of way.

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Michael Wade said...


Great points. I've heard that DeVries is very good. Will pick up his books. Almost bought "Absurdistan" the other day and am now sorry I didn't. John Mortimer (Rumpole series) is quite good, although I prefer his non-Rumpole books. My son recommends Tom Sharpe. Ben Elton's "Popcorn" is also funny as is the one (title escapes me) about the people in the reality TV program.


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